As the initial mark of the Autumn Equinox, Mabon represents the equality of both day and nighttime. It is a time of harmony and balance. Back in the day (way before present time...), it was a celebration of the second harvest, Lammas being the first. This was when farmers gathered their crops, such as corn, apples, pumpkins, and vegetables. Nowadays, we celebrate Mabon by thanking Mother Earth and rejoicing in what she provides - both literally and spiritually. Not only this, but it marks as a good time to pause and recognize all you have accomplished within the last twelve months. Earth is continuously changing. During this season, we should take time to pause, reflect, and evaluate where we have been and where we are going.
Once Upon A Time...
There was a person by the name of Mabon ap Modron, "Son of Mother," who was an ancient Welsh hero. It is said that as a baby, he was held hostage in the underworld. Weird, right? Anyways, Mabon is the second of the three harvest festivals; 1. Lammas 2. Mabon 3. Samhain.
Start by setting up your Mabon space or altar. Decorate it with symbols or colors that represent the late harvest season. This could be dried golden corn, red apples, wheat sheaves, cloths depicting the season, wine, pumpkins, and other autumn decorations. Mabon signifies balance, so opt for representations of balance such as black and white candles or other harmonic pieces. What does Autumn feel like to you?
Take in the moment with deep appreciation. Commonly, people might start their annual Mabon gratitude journals now. Each day, write down one thing (or more!) that you are grateful for. There is always something we cherish and love. Give thanks to the Earth, because without it, we would have nothing.
Mabon's Magickal Drink
Foodies, unite. This super easy recipe doesn't call for too many ingredients and is a terrific way to honor Mabon. All you need is hot apple cider, cinnamon, and sliced apples. Yes - that's it! Though it's a yummy drink, it represents so much. The apples rule the heart, whilst the cider represents itself, and the potion is love. When the cinnamon is added, you're adding in the representation of the Sun. Cheers!
Let your senses indulge and mediate with seasonal scents. During this time of year, the atmosphere feels and smells different. It's definitely noticeable. The fall leaves, the crisp air, and the Earth itself. Maybe even the scrumptious apple pie you have baking in the oven can cause that effect, too. Celebrate Mabon with essential oils such as Frankincense or apple scented candles. It's a time meant to enjoy cozy Fall vibes and make time to relax.
If you're feeling stuck, unmotivated, or just not too sure of how to celebrate Mabon - that's okay. We've all been there in life. There are simpler ways to honor the season by simply taking a walk at the park, writing a short letter to Mother Earth, or even enjoying a caramel apple. Start with one small task you would like to complete, and from there, you will feel back on track. Be proud of all that you accomplished in the past few months. Take a day and delve into self-care. Take a bath, eat at your favorite restaurant, take a three-hour nap, read a good book, give your cat some good pets, or just lounge around. Life is all about feeling good, feeling balanced, and feeling at peace.